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Why Don't They Have Tick Drops for People?

A close friend brought up such a marvelous idea that was so simple a concept, what was ingenious, became as well, ingenuous. We purchase tick and flea repellent drops from the veterinarian, no? Why don't people doctors, or rather, why don't those industries supply people doctors with tick drops that protect humans from experiencing difficulty with ticks and fleas?

Just smear a little along the backbone, dress, and off you go wherever you want, without fear of bringing ticks and fleas home with you? It seems a no brain-er to me! For that reason, if for no other, it will never appear in the marketplace.

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lookatdesktop wrote on June 30, 2018, 12:23 AM

An idea that is a good one, can be turned into a reality if a person is willing to think outside the proverbial box. Why would this idea never appear in the marketplace just because YOU THOUGHT OF IT? It is a very good idea I think. :)

MegL wrote on June 30, 2018, 2:50 AM

No, thanks. Many of those in the UK contain organophosphates. They have to be placed where the animal cannot lick them and children not allowed to pet them for some hours. Organophosphates can cause neurological damage.

VinceSummers wrote on June 30, 2018, 6:48 AM

The most popular medicine in U.S. contains selamectin -- not an organophosphate. However, it's none too tame... Only the very bold would go for it. Maybe THAT is why we don't have tick drops for people...

MegL wrote on June 30, 2018, 11:38 AM

I understand ticks are attracted by heat and carbon dioxide emissions from their prey, maybe something that cloaked whatever it is about carbon dioxide?

MegL wrote on June 30, 2018, 2:52 PM

It might also form the basis of a good sci fi story!

melody23 wrote on July 1, 2018, 1:29 PM

The issue with dogs and cats is that you cant see the ticks for their fur, with humans this isn't an issue so you can just cover them with Vaseline and they will work their way back out.

VinceSummers wrote on July 1, 2018, 3:17 PM

Where I live, Lyme's is a real threat. In fact, both my wife and I have had it. And there could come up Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and the new condition whereby you find it next to impossible to eat red meat. In fact, I've discussed that at:

Kasman wrote on July 1, 2018, 6:41 PM

Flea and tick products are pesticides and we all know how many problems these have caused to the environment and to people. Animals are one thing but purposely treating humans with a pesticide is an absolute no-no. I certainly wouldn't use them!

VinceSummers wrote on July 1, 2018, 9:17 PM

I know what you mean. So the typical solution (at least in America) is to change the name, making them socially acceptable, even desirable. And make them fragrant.